Blue Devils finish whirlwind softball week at .500

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A’s Tiffany Briggs connects with a pitch.

A whirlwind week ended with various results for the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devil varsity softball team. G-A bounced back from a close loss to Big Spring with a defeat of rival Waynesboro and then finished with a 1-1 performance in the Lower Dauphin Tournament. The slate put G-A at 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division.

The Devils overcame an early lead by Big Spring in a divisional matchup Tuesday to take a 5-2 advantage in the top of the sixth inning. The Bulldogs got one closer in the bottom of the frame and then used their final at bat to come alive with three runs for a 6-5 win. Amanda Wink fanned 10 without a walk in the loss. Jenna Crunkleton knocked in three runs on a 2-for-3 performance with a double. Mary Ward tripled in going 2-for-3.

Rivals G-A and Waynesboro were united on Thursday at the Blue Devil turf in support of breast cancer research as each team scored a victory by donning pink uniforms. It was the Devils who claimed the divisional matchup with an 8-5 victory on the field. The Maidens matched G-A until the fifth inning when the Devils unloaded for a five-spot with big hits coming from Cassey Cordell (double) and Whitley Mongan (triple). Wink helped her winning cause in the circle with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate.

The LD tournament saw the Devils take on State College and the host Falcons. Nine innings were needed to settle things with the Lady Lions. G-A opened with a five-run first, but State College rang up five in the top of the seventh to force extra innings. A scoreless inning was followed by three runs from  the Lady Lions, but G-A rallied with four and the win. Crunkleton tripled to bring in the tying run and Rachel Kline lifted the Devils to the win with a run-scoring single. Crunkleton ended up with four RBIs in going 3-for-6. Kline and Cordell each drove in a pair.

Against Lower Dauphin the Devils bided their time, falling behind 4-0 before exploding in the last of the fifth with five runs. It was LD that responded with four in the top of the sixth to take control again. The hosts prevailed 8-5. Crunkleton added a 3-for-4 outing in this one with two RBIs. Kline knocked in another two runs.

Junior varsity

The junior varsity Blue Devils clobbered Northern York 15-2. Kelsey Brewbaker, Rachael Henderson and Ashlynn Schaeffer combined for a no-hitter in the five-inning 10-run-rule shortened game. Brewbaker fanned seven. Offensively, Erin Bontrager hit a grand slam while going 3-for-4. Henderson was 3-for-3 and Cheyenne Kaider hit a pair of doubles.